James Arthur Godber
Private 306314 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 2nd/6th Battalion
Killed in Action Flanders 2nd Dec 1917 : Aged 29
Cambrai Memorial, Louverval - Panel 8
Born, raised and holding residence in Huthwaite addressed at 104 Blackwell Road. Press clippings provide most detailing for better identifying James, who was married when formerly working at the New Hucknall Colliery. Enlisted at Sutton in June 1915, Private Godber was firstly wounded April 1916 during the Irish Rebellion. With four bullets still in his body, he was then sent to France serving duty of stretcher bearer, to be killed when resisting a German attack on the Battalion positions near La Vacquerie.
Notts. Free Press - 4th January 1918
Local Soldiers Killed~
Private J. A. Godber, Huthwaite
Official news has been received of the death in action of Private J. A. Godber, 306314, C Company, 2/6th. Sherwood Foresters, whose home was at 104, Blackwell Road, Huthwaite. He was a reserve stretcher bearer, and a letter sent by Private F. Moore, 60325, 11th. Platoon, C Company 2/6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, states that he was killed instantaneously on Sunday, December 2nd, being shot through the head by a machine gun bullet while lying on the parapet. This letter was received on Christmas Eve, and the official intimation on the previous Saturday. Private Godber was 29 years old, and worked at New Hucknall Colliery previous to enlisting in June 1915. He was wounded in the Irish rebellion, receiving four bullets in his body which were never extracted. He had been in France five months and his last leave was just before Whitsuntide, 1917. He leaves a widow but no family.
"It is with feelings of great sorrow that I write you these few lines to let you know how Jim met his death in action on Sunday, December 2nd. His end was instantaneous, as he was shot through the head by a German machine gun bullet while lying on the parapet, so he suffered no pain. He was a reserve stretcher bearer in our section, and was highly thought of by all the men of our Company, and more especially by those to whose platoon he belonged. We miss him very much, and I hope that God will help you to bear your heavy loss. It may comfort you a little to know that he had a decent burial in a British cemetery, and I hope that by this time you will have received his effects, which I gave to the Quarter-Master of our Company to forward to you. I have shared the parcel out between the men who belonged Jim's section, and I am returning the letter to you out of it and also his cap badge. I don't think I can tell you anything else this time. I am sending you my address, and I shall be pleased to tell you anything that I may know if you write and ask me."
- Private F. Moore, Stretcher Bearer.
Notts Free Press – In Memorium – 4th. January, 1918.
In loving memory of Private J A Godber (Huthwaite) 2/6th Sherwood Foresters, who was killed in Action, in France, on December 2nd 1917. We were not there to take his hand, or hear his parting word; But now he's gone to the better land, where sorrow is unheard. - From his loving Mother, Father, Brothers and Sisters.
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